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Consumer group, Zamboanga City residents file graft case vs NEA, Zamcelco

A CONSUMER group along with two homeowners associations in Zamboanga City have filed a graft complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against officials of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and officers of the city’s electric cooperative......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineFeb 11th, 2019

Pro-environment group wants case filed vs South Korean garbage importer

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – An advocacy group based in this city asked the Bureau of Customs and the Environment Management Bureau to file strong cases against the importers of trash from South Korea which ended up in a warehouse here. Pinoy Aksyon on Governance and the Environment (Pinoy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

PROSECUTION ASKS COURT TO JUNK EX-GENSAN MAYOR’S MOTION

THE prosecution asked the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to deny the motion to file a demurrer to evidence that Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. of South Cotabato’s first district filed and his co-accused in the graft case over the alleged failure to liquidate P2.5 million cash advances in 2006 when he was mayor of General Santos City.… link: PROSECUTION ASKS COURT TO JUNK EX-GENSAN MAYOR’S MOTION.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Rally at ERC protests high power rates in Iloilo City

Members of a consumer rights advocate group trooped to the office of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to protest high electricity rates of the Panay Electric Company (Peco). The group said it was in solidarity with Iloilo City consumers and their bid to have better power services. The group supported a complaint filed against an alleged 1,000 percent increase in rates despite consumers suffering from frequent brownouts. Hearing Peco consumers filed a complaint at the ERC in August. The ERC is set to hear the case this week. An earlier petition by Peco consumers was addressed to Congress. Submitted to the House committee on legislative franchises, the petition call...Keep on reading: Rally at ERC protests high power rates in Iloilo City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Ex-GenSan mayor seeks court to file demurrer to evidence

South Cotabato first district Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. asked permission from the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division to file a demurrer to evidence in the graft case he and two others are facing over the alleged failure to liquidate P2.5 million cash advances in 2006 when he was mayor of General Santos City. A demurrer to evidence… link: Ex-GenSan mayor seeks court to file demurrer to evidence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Netizens question presence of actress in Boracay despite shutdown

ILOILO CITY --- Actress Alice Dixson had good rollicking fun on her 49th birthday on Saturday, posting videos of herself dancing in a pink top and walking around Station 3 of Boracay Island. Some residents and netizens alike, however, were not amused, wondering how the celebrity managed to get into Boracay's famed beaches that are off-limits to tourists and visitors for six months until Oct. 26. "Is this a case of favoritism?" a netizen rued in Filipino. An official, however, was quick to offer an explanation: Dixson is a card-carrying resident of the island. Yapak resident "Per info from field and security group, she was able to present an ID signed by the barangay ca...Keep on reading: Netizens question presence of actress in Boracay despite shutdown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Fire razes homes of thousands of Jolo residents

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Thousands of residents of Jolo town in Sulu were displaced after a huge fire razed their homes around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. The fire started at the back portion of Dennis Coffee Shop in Barangay Walled City, according to the investigator of the case, PO1 Abdel Haffez Amin of the Jolo Municipal Police Station. The fire spread quickly to adjacent Barangay Bus-bus in Jolo, Sulu, and reached the fifth alarm. After almost three hours of firefighting, Amin said fire had been placed under control. He said that all the police personnel in Sulu have been directed to augment Jolo cops to do crowd control to avoid theft and looting. They were also directe...Keep on reading: Fire razes homes of thousands of Jolo residents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

‘Rent-sangla’ car recovered in Cavite

SAN PEDRO CITY - A car allegedly sold illegally through the "rent-sangla" scheme was recovered in Silang, Cavite on Monday, the police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) said on Wednesday. This was the latest development in the multi-million peso car rental scam that prompted hundreds of vehicle owners to file a case at the Department of Justice last year. The car, a Toyota Vios with conduction sticker number VI4733, was recovered along the Tagaytay-Sta.Rosa road in Barangay Puting Kahoy, Silang. A report from the Calabarzon police, said authorities flagged down the vehicle when they spotted its driver, Wilson Tesoro, driving without a seatbelt on. When questioned, Tesoro could not s...Keep on reading: ‘Rent-sangla’ car recovered in Cavite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Osmeña in payroll of drug lords, says Aguirre

Still smarting from recent controversies, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II may find himself in the middle of another storm after he claimed on Monday that a witness had linked Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmea to the narcotics trade. Aguirre laughed at Osmea's threat to file a disbarment case against him for allegedly interfering in the tax evasion complaint which the city government had brought against retail giant SM Group and its banking arm, BDO Unibank, in Cebu. "That's nothing. He should just file it instead of issuing threats," Aguirre told reporters. Witness affidavit "I am also going to file (a case against him)," he said. "I did not want to disclose it yet, but ...Keep on reading: Osmeña in payroll of drug lords, says Aguirre.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Osmeña on Aguirre, Duque on HIV, Duterte on Kuwait deployment ban | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says he will file a disbarment case against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he sees a 'defect' in the plunder charges against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.  Health Department Secretary Francisco Duque III refutes the report of a group of Filipino scientists that there ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

PH lawyers’ group to test case at SC vs China

BAGUIO CITY --- The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is studying whether it could file a writ of kalikasan in the Supreme Court (SC) against firms contracted by China to build artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, according to its president. Lawyer Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo, who attended the IBP north Luzon legal aid meeting and international humanitarian law seminar here, said the China buildup would have required its contractors to dredge corals to build the platforms that support the islands. The massive land reclamation project of China in West Philippine Sea damaged nine coral reefs which would require thousand of years to recover, he said, citing informati...Keep on reading: PH lawyers’ group to test case at SC vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Graft allegations, not P6.4-B shabu mess, pushed Paolo Duterte-Mans Carpio suit vs. Trillanes

It was allegations about  graft and not about the P6.4 billion shabu mess that pushed Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and brother-in-law lawyer Manases Carpio to file a civil case against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, their legal counsel told GMA News Online. Source link link: Graft allegations, not P6.4-B shabu mess, pushed Paolo Duterte-Mans Carpio suit vs. Trillanes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Ex-DepEd Zamboanga officials face graft raps

The Office of the Ombudsman has found basis to file graft and malversation cases before the Sandiganbayan against former two officials Department of Education (DepEd) in Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9). The case against Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa stemmed from their alleged withdrawal of P6.1million from a supposedly closed account in 2007. The Ombudsman, in… link: Ex-DepEd Zamboanga officials face graft raps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Radio broadcaster held in Dipolog City for libel case

    ZAMBOANGA CITY - A radio broadcaster was being held by the police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Dipolog City following his arrest for libel on Monday. It was learned that Celestine Nick Carbonel, 47, of dxFL-FM, was sued by Zamboanga del Norte Representative Rosendo Labadlabad for allegedly "spreading fake news." It was not clear if the supposed "fake news" involved the lawmaker. The Inquirer's request for a copy of the case has not yielded positive results as of yet. Senior Superintendent Raul Tacaca, the Zamboanga del Norte police director, said Carbonel's arrest - which took place in Dipolog City - was based on an order issued by Judg...Keep on reading: Radio broadcaster held in Dipolog City for libel case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

This Week’s Festivals: Nov. 5-11, 2017

  Nov. 5 to 30   Dapitan City founding anniversary celebration   Residents of Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte province, remember Datu Pagbuaya, a chieftain of the Subanon ethnic group who founded the city. The word Dapitan is derived from "dapit," which means "to invite." Among the festivities are songwriting, singing and dance competitions.   Nov. 9 to 13   Hinabyog Festival   A festival in the town of Esperanza in Sultan Kudarat province that looks back on the town's history and celebrates its diverse culture and traditions. Events include street dancing, cultural show, beauty pageant and sports competitions.  ...Keep on reading: This Week’s Festivals: Nov. 5-11, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Environmentalists praised closure of 23 mining firms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Environmentalists and anti-mining groups lauded the closure of nearly two dozen mining firms and vowed to support government efforts to curb destructive mining practices in the country. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the closure of 23 metallic mines in the country, while suspending five more, for serious environmental violations discovered during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year. “My issue here is not about mining. My issue here is social justice. If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of the island suffer, that’s social injustice,” Lopez said. She said the closure orders were based on the final results and recommendations of the multisectoral audit teams formed to look into the compliance of mining operators with the existing environmental laws and regulations. The mining firms ordered closed were the following: Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., all in Zambales province, due mainly to siltation of rivers, destruction of a functional watershed and illegal tree-cutting. Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corp., Emir Minerals Corp., and TechIron Mineral Resources Inc. in Homonhon mainly for siltation of coastal waters and destruction of functional watershed. AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration, Kromico Inc., SinoSteel Philippines H.Y. Mining Corp., Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Oriental Vision Mining Phils. Corp., in Dinagat Islands mainly for siltation of coastal waters. ADNAMA Mining Resources Corp., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Platinum Group Metals Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures Mining and Development Corp., and Hinatuan Mining Corp. in Surigao del Norte mainly for siltation of coastal waters and mining in functional watersheds. Benguet Corporation in Itogon, Benguet and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp. in Bulacan were likewise issued suspension orders by Lopez. &'160; She also deferred to give a decision on the fate of Filminera Resources Corp. pending further investigation. The five mining companies that were issued suspension orders are Berong Nickel Corp., OceanaGold Phils., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. and Strong Built Mining Development Corp. According to DENR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna, the companies can file for a Motion for Reconsideration to the DENR within 15 days from receipt of the order. Luna said the DENR decision can still be appealed to the Office of the President. The DENR had earlier assured the mining sector and the general public that due process was “meticulously observed” in the audit of all existing metallic mines nationwide. It also assured that the audit results “really promote the common good and social justice” espoused by Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte. A staunch advocate of responsible mining, Lopez has made it clear that the common good and the protection of the environment would be her paramount concern, not money. She emphasized that no mining company can operate in a functional watershed which protects water sources. “Water is life. We will not allow the water of our people to be at risk for any business interest,” Lopez said. 16 Audit Teams Barely a week at the DENR, Lopez ordered an industry-wide audit in July last year to look into the adequacy and efficiency of environmental protection measures taken by the mining companies, determine gaps in those measures and identify the appropriate penalties for violations of mining and environmental laws. A total of 16 audit teams were formed to review the environmental compliance of mining companies in all regions in the country. Each team is composed of representatives from the DENR central and regional offices, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and civil society organizations. The audit focused on safety and health; mine environmental management; social development; mining tenement; and compliance with laws on clean air, clean water, hazardous waste and solid waste. Technical experts from the different government offices that have been invited to conduct the audit all abide in the standards of truth, service, and the common good. “We based the checklist of the criteria for the audit on the items in compliance with the different mining and environmental laws. A cross-audit was also done, which means that the auditors who reviewed one site, have come from a different region,” Lopez said. “We also gave seven days for the companies to respond to the results of the audit, providing a leeway for them to clear the issues that were raised. We had to review the reported results of the audit for five months before we have to release it, ensuring that we followed the process meticulously.” Lopez said the issue is not about mining, but social justice. “If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of that island suffer, that’s social injustice. We assure the industry and the general public that due process was meticulously observed in the mining audit conducted by the agency and that the results would be always anchored on integrity, social justice, and the common good,” she said. Zamboanga del Sur, Tawi-Tawi Environmentalists also urged Lopez to review again the mining operations of TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. in Zamboanga del Sur’s Bayog town where Subanen natives opposed the entry of the company in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN --- President Duterte has distanced himself from the cyberlibel case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa that had led to her arrest, saying he had nothing to do with it.   The President on Thursday said he did not even know businessman Wilfredo Keng, who filed the complaint in the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr.   "I don't know Keng. Frankly, I do not know him or what prompted him to file a case," Duterte told reporters after rallying support here for 11 senatorial candidates he endorsed in May's midterm elections.   "I really don't know about [Ressa's case and arre...Keep on reading: Duterte: I don’t know about Ressa’s arrest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

‘Investment scam queen’ charged for estafa

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Police on Feb 14, 2019 filed an estafa case against Lourdes Bulaquina-Baarde, the alleged brains of an investment scam that victimized several Capicenos. According to Chief Inspector Arthemius Devaras, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-Capiz) provincial director, one of the 15 complainants who sought their help filed the case. Devaras said […] The post ‘Investment scam queen’ charged for estafa appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Court grants Daraga Mayor Baldo temporary liberty

LEGAZPI CITY --- Daraga Mayor Carlwyn "Awin" Baldo, who has a pending case for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, was granted bail Tuesday by the Regional Trial Court Branch 10 in this city. Senior Supt. Arnold Ardiente, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in the Bicol region, said Baldo was asked to post a bail of P3 million in cash or P4 million in property bond for his temporary freedom. Baldo was arrested on January 22 and was brought to the hospital the next day because of high blood pressure and asthma attack after inhaling "katol" (mosquito coil repellent) inside the cell. READ: CIDG arrests Daraga mayor for illegal possession of firearm...Keep on reading: Court grants Daraga Mayor Baldo temporary liberty.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Authorities arrest 2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members

Authorities arrested two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Zamboanga City on February 3, the National Bureau of Investigation announced on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019